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PBGC Blog: Retirement Matters

Renting a new apartment?  Buying a house? Applying for benefits from a government agency?  If so, someone may ask you to prove your income. 

If you get a retirement benefit from PBGC, we'll be happy to verify the amount you receive.  Mail us your request in writing, and we'll send income verification to you or a third party (like a landlord or mortgage company).   

To protect your privacy, we have to be sure you authorize us to send out this information.  So you or the third party will have to follow a few simple steps.  You can find complete instructions on our Income Verification Procedures webpage.  

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If you are new to the PBGC family, we know you have a lot of questions. Even if you've been with us for a while, changes in your life or something you hear in the latest news may raise more questions.

Chances are, if you're wondering about it, someone else is, too. That's why we keep an extensive list of FAQs (frequently asked questions) on our website.

From benefit payment options to PBGC's financial condition, we've got it covered. Just click on the link above to see it now.

For future reference, look for the FAQs in the top menu on the main page of PBGC.gov. And, if you are new to PBGC, check out "New to PBGC", a page designed especially for you. 

Still have questions? We're just a phone call or email away.

PBGC, Taxes, and You

  |   March 25, 2013

As the income tax deadline approaches, here is some important information about PBGC benefits and taxes.

While PBGC is required to withhold federal income tax, we do not withhold for state taxes. If your state has an income tax, you may owe tax on your PBGC benefit. To find out more, contact your state tax office (Excel file, 14.4 KB).

Also, if you receive a benefit from PBGC, we report the amount annually to the IRS.

For income tax purposes, each January PBGC sends you an IRS Form 1099-R that states the amount we paid you the previous year.

If you need a Form 1099-R for 2012 and haven't received it, PBGC will get you one.

The IRS has a tool, "Is My Pension or Annuity Payment Taxable?" that will help you determine if your pension or annuity payment from an employer-sponsored retirement plan is taxable.

There isn't any doubt that the economy has taken a big hit in recent years.

As the housing market begins to rebound and the stock market hits a new high, the percentage of Americans who are confident that they will have enough money for a comfortable retirement is the lowest it has been in 23 years.

According to the latest Retirement Confidence Survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) only 13 percent were very confident of having a comfortable retirement, while 38 percent were somewhat confident, 21 percent not too confident, and 28 percent not at all confident.

Some of the biggest factors influencing the drop in confidence are high debt levels, and uncertainty about employment.

Read the 2013 EBRI Retirement Confidence Survey Results.

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Do you get a PBGC pension check?

If so, you've got a long-term relationship going on — with PBGC.

We're happy about that.  But, we want to stay in touch.  

Even if your check is deposited directly into your bank account, PBGC still needs your current street address to keep paying you.

So when you move, be sure to tell us your new address. 

You can do it online with MyPBA.  If you've never used MyPBA, it's easy to get started.

Or, you can change your address through our Customer Contact Center at 1-800-400-7242.  

We'll sleep better knowing where you are.  And, we promise to drop you a line now and then.

Weekly Pension News Round-Up

  |   March 15, 2013

Here's what made headlines this week in pension news:  

The Journal Gazette publishes, "Retiring securely a rising concern."

HeraldNet runs, "Pensions part of system that actually works right." 

SmartHR Manager blogs about "More Pension Sponsors Considering Lump-sum Payouts."